Directors at the South African Payroll Association have confirmed the dates for the organisation’s annual national conference which, given the official kick-off of the FIFA World Cup Finals in 2010, is aptly themed Scoring in Payroll – Compliance and Legislation.
The annual conference, a highlight on the local HR and payroll administration diary, is scheduled for 31 August at the Suncoast Casino, North Beach, Durban, for 2 September at the ICC, Cape Town and for 8-9 September at Montecasino, Fourways, Johannesburg.
This is the first year that organisers have scheduled a two-day conference in Johannesburg, along with live streams to cater for expatriate related payroll assignments.
Keynote speakers include David Brown, MD at Profile and Ron Warren representing Payroll World. In addition the Association has organised a panel discussion on tax facilitated by veteran journalist Jeremy Maggs.
“We are very excited about the conference. Guests can expect an event of the usual exceptional standard, but with discussion and presentations that truly reflect the maturity of the human resource environment and the increasingly important role that payroll administration plays in trade and industry today,” said James McKerrell, Chairperson of the South African Payroll Association.
According to McKerrell the executive committee directing the Association and its expanding membership base decided on the theme because of the relevance of legislation and compliance and the impact this has on effective payroll.
“Awareness of key issues and the provision of information that makes a meaningful difference to business management has always been the cornerstone objectives behind the national conference. Our mandate from our membership is to continue to serve as the guardian of general standards within the industry and protector of the interests of those affiliated to the Association,” McKerrell continues.
Management at the Association have noted a steady increase in attendance at the conference. In order to ensure as high a level of participation as possible and facilitate comprehensive discussion on a number of key issues the Association decided to schedule an extra date during the Gauteng leg of the event.
“There has been a definite increase in interest and attendance, particularly at our Johannesburg-based events. The demand was such that we felt it prudent to organise an extra date to accommodate the numbers. We are pleased with this and we feel that it shows the level of priority that payroll administration, as part of the broader business management framework, now enjoys. This bodes well with the development and growth of corporate South Africa,” adds McKerrell.